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  • Senator Desperate to Pass "Lame Duck" Bills [semi-satire]

    12/02/2016 8:20:25 PM PST · by John Semmens · 7 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 4 Dec 2016 | John Semmens
    Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) has joined with Sen. John McCain (R-Az) to modify the recently passed Justice Against Sponsors of Terror Act (JASTA). This law allows victims of terrorist attacks to sue the governments that provide funding and sanctuary to terrorists. Graham is concerned that "the existing law can come back to bite us. When Congress overrode President Obama's veto they were thinking 'let's make these Muslim governments pay for the damages done by the groups they harbor.' What was overlooked was the possibility that our own government would be made liable for damage done by terrorists armed by the...
  • The Mythology of HOT Lanes

    12/02/2016 2:11:47 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    StreetsBlog USA ^ | September 27, 2016 | Kevin Posey
    In July Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe stood on the platform of a train station in Alexandria to announce that the U.S. Department of Transportation had granted $165 million for the Atlantic Gateway project.While this is a multimodal project featuring rail, bus, and highway improvements, it was clearly the latter that most enthused the governor. At one point during his remarks, he declared that because of the road projects, “Today, the congestion is going to end!”The primary focus of the highway improvements will be an extension of the HOT (high occupancy toll) lanes on I-95 and I-395. The only other speaker...
  • Ford to become first US automaker to import cars from India

    11/25/2016 2:49:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    India TV News ^ | November 25, 2016
    Despite the fact that Ford Motors is under fire from President-elect Donald Trump for importing cars from Mexico, the company will soon become the first US automaker to import vehicles from India. According to a report in CNN Money, the company has said that EcoSport compact crossover, introduced for the US market at the Los Angeles auto show, will be shipped to US from India starting 2018. The report says that the EcoSport, Fords smallest SUV, has been built at its assembly plant in Chennai for more than 100 markets around the world since 2013. About 15 per cent of...
  • Chicago to Remain Sanctuary City [semi-satire]

    11/22/2016 9:34:06 AM PST · by John Semmens · 5 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 20 Nov 2016 | John Semmens
    Calling illegal alien criminal gangs a time-honored part of our citys culture, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that we will remain a sanctuary city regardless of whatever opposition a President Trump might express to our policy. For his part, President-Elect Trump has pledged to deport or incarcerate the estimated two million illegal aliens in the country who have criminal records. Given that Chicago suffers from dozens of gang-related shootings every month it would seem that removing criminal aliens from the mix might lessen the carnage. Emanuel was having none of this, though, calling the apparent salutary objective of deporting the...
  • Anguished by Trump, Lena Dunham Flees to Posh Arizona Resort, Asks Rocks for Guidance'

    11/17/2016 7:06:11 AM PST · by C19fan · 89 replies
    Heat Street ^ | November 16, 2016 | Andrew Stiles
    Woke celeb Lena Dunham sought solace in the Arizona wilderness this week as she works to overcome her post-election anxiety. She posted of photo on Instagram that shows her hiking in a fashionable sports bra and flashing a true smile while hiking in exclusive Sedona, Ariz., on Monday. Sedona is home to a number of facilities offering spiritual retreats, vision quests, and other forms of emotional healing adventures. In a note accompanying her Instagram post, Dunham expressed love for her fans and described how she had whispered some wishes for you into the big red rock after asking the Canyon...
  • NYC Mayor to Delete Illegal Alien Database [semi-satire]

    11/15/2016 9:46:54 AM PST · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 13 November 2016 | John Semmens
    New York Citys Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio says he will order the deletion of the database of 850,000 illegal aliens residing in his city to protect them from any enforcement action President Trump may attempt after he takes office. The database was established as part of deBlasios initiative to issue ID cards to those in the country illegally so they can live normal lives like any other American. New York has been and will remain a sanctuary city. If it was important when a friendly Administration was in charge in Washington, it is crucial now that a hostile bigot...
  • CEO who voted for Trump expects construction boom

    11/14/2016 11:56:51 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    CNN Money ^ | November 14, 2016 | Paul R. La Monica
    Will Donald Trump be able to lift the U.S. economy out of its funk? That remains to be seen. But one CEO who voted for Trump thinks he will be able to make America's roads, bridges and highways great again. Bill Sandbrook, CEO of U.S. Concrete, a company that is expected to generate $1.2 billion in sales this year, is excited about what Trump will mean for his business. Sandbrook said he voted for Trump -- and even predicted the billionaire would win shortly after he wrapped up the Republican nomination -- because he thought Trump had a better plan...
  • Alabama mayor creates GoFundMe to send anti-Trump celebrities to Mexico

    11/13/2016 4:14:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Birmingham News ^ | November 11, 2016 | Leada Gore
    An Alabama mayor has a message for celebrities who pledged to leave the U.S. if Donald Trump was elected president: Don't let the screen door hit you on the way out. Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon posted a message on his Facebook page announcing the creation of a GoFundMe page to raise money to purchase bus tickets for "celebrities, athletes and other high-minded elitists who are traumatized by the new Trump era." The tickets will take the protesting celebrities to Tijuana, Mexico, and not Canada, a destination mentioned by many, Kennon said. Even before the election, celebrities ranging from Miley...
  • France and Germany Rattled by Trumps Election [semi-satire]

    11/13/2016 9:59:57 AM PST · by John Semmens · 2 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 13 November 2016 | John Semmens
    French and German officials expressed concern over the election of Donald Trump as the next US president. French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault called Trumps triumph over Clinton a shock to the system. Trumps insistence that we must pay for our own defense is an unprecedented deviation from the post WWII consensus. French President Francois Hollande, languishing with a pathetic 4% approval rating, feared that the success of Mr. Trump may be a harbinger of a resurgent right-wing in France. If a nation with only a tiny fraction of Muslim immigrants installs Trump there would seem to be little chance of...
  • Canadians stunned, realizing they are now stuck with Lena Dunham

    11/09/2016 1:53:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 9, 2016 | Jazz Shaw
    Do you suppose that Justin Trudeau will come out today with a speech detailing his plans to build a great wall on Canadas southern border? He might, but for more than one reason. True, the very liberal PM probably dreaded the idea of having to deal with Donald Trump, but he might also want to stem the tide of hapless, sobbing celebrities who will presumably be flooding toward his immigration offices now that The Donald will be President Donald. Did any of you catch this hot list from the Hill reminding us of all of the people who said they...
  • Doonbeg locals rally round Donald Trump (Ireland)

    11/08/2016 11:33:46 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | November 8, 2016 | Gordon Deegan
    Residents in Doonbeg are hopeful the largest landowner in their parish, Donald Trump, will be returning to the village as the 45th president of the United States. A local builder even claimed the Republican candidate who has been targeted by Democrats during the election campaign for refusing to pay some labourers at his businesses picked up old debts after he bought the Co Clare golf resort. I wish Trump the best, said Martin Kelly. I hope he does get in. He is a good guy. He is positive, he is not perfect. I think he is a good...
  • The Aussies door knocking for Hillary

    11/07/2016 11:14:01 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    News Corp Australia Network ^ | November 8, 2016 | Rosemarie Lentini in Ohio
    THEY cant vote or even donate, but that hasnt stopped these Australians from campaigning for Hillary Clinton in America. Volunteers William Madani, 32, and Amanda McKenna, 29, are knocking on doors in the battleground state of Ohio for the Democratic presidential hopeful. This election is so significant for the entire planet for global security, for global growth and trade and for letting the world know what rhetoric is acceptable and what isnt, Mr Madani tells News Corp Australia from a campaign office in East Cleveland. Mr Madani landed in the US about three weeks ago from London, where he...
  • German Court Overturns Rape Conviction [semi-satire]

    10/31/2016 10:01:47 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 30 Oct 2016 | John Semmens
    The Iraqi immigrant who raped a ten-year old boy in the changing area of a swimming pool in the Austrian capital of Vienna had his conviction overturned by the German Supreme Court this past week. The assailant, Amir A, had previously offered a sexual emergency argument in justification of the rape. It had been more than four months since I had seen my wife and I had to receive sexual release for the sake of my health, he claimed. The health of his victim was negatively impacted by the encounter. The child suffered severe anal injuries and is still plagued...
  • Move to Canada If Trump Wins

    10/29/2016 12:07:49 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    MENAFN ^ | October 29, 2016
    With the American Presidential race results narrowing, two Canadian RE/MAX realtors have launched an initiative for Americans to move to Canada if #Trump wins. Encouraging Americans to get out while the getting is good, RE/MAX realtors Looey Tremblay and Michael Saunders from Kitchener, Ontario have spelled out how to avoid The Trumpocalypse by moving to #Canada. Citing a 2016 report by U.S. News & World Report and the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School that Canada is the second best country in the world in which to live, Tremblay said Canada ranks right up there in matters relating to citizenship, entrepreneurship...
  • Trump shrine drew more than 14,000 visitors in past month (Pennsylvania)

    10/25/2016 7:50:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Times Leader ^ | October 25, 2016 | Rich Cholodofsky and Kari Andren, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
    YOUNGSTOWN, Pa. (AP) They come in droves, cameras and smartphones in hand, to see Leslie Baum Rossis shrine to presidential candidate Donald Trump. Its hard to miss the Trump House, as visitors call the attraction near the village of Youngstown. As soon as motorists veer off Route 30 onto Route 982, a massive Trump 2016 sign on the corner of Rossis property can be seen before the houses wrap-around red, white and blue paint job....
  • Volkswagen Debuts Electric Vehicle Concept with 373-Mile Range

    10/16/2016 7:16:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Engineering ^ | October 4, 2016
    Volkswagen has unveiled the I.D., an automated electric car the company says will be able to cover a distance of 249 to 373 miles on a single battery charge. The production version of the I.D. is due to be launched in 2020 at a price on a par with comparable Golf models. In I.D. Pilot mode, the car is capable of fully automated driving, a technology the company expects to be ready for series production in 2025. Volkswagen has also set itself the goal of selling a million electric cars a year by 2025, with the production version of the...
  • My quest for the world's best e-bike

    09/29/2016 1:56:35 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 30 replies
    finance.yahoo.com ^ | September 1, 2016 | David Pogue
    Last month I reviewed an e-bike for the first time: The Elby. (Short for electric bicycle, get it?) It was my first introduction to the world of pedal-assist electric bikes, and I was instantly smitten. I described this product category like this: The electric motor on an e-bike basically amplifies the power of each pedal stroke, making easy work of hills and headwinds, getting you going faster, and giving you the chance to rest occasionally without slowing down. Legally, an e-bike is a bicycle. So unlike a motorcycle, you dont need a license, dont have to be 16, dont have...
  • Lone soldier [Israel]

    09/28/2016 12:18:22 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 15 replies
    Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ^ | September 28, 2016 | Wikipedia
    ...Lone soldiers receive a higher basic salary from the IDF, as well as financial assistance from the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption and the Ministry of Housing and Construction. They are also given help with housing, and the right to extra time off, including 30 days per year to visit family overseas.
  • Dems Assail Skittles Analogy [semi-satire]

    09/24/2016 10:20:38 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 25 Sep 2016 | John Semmens
    Donald Trump Jr.'s analogy employing a bowl of Skittles sparked outrage among defenders of increased Muslim immigration to the United States. In the analogy, the son of the presidential candidate took on the argument that only a few terrorists would be able to sneak into the country by hiding among the throng of refugees from Syria. Trump asked "suppose I offered you the opportunity to grab a handful of Skittles from a bowl in which just a few were poisoned, would you take them?" The astoundingly dense Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif) called Trump Jr. "a rotten apple that hasn't fallen...
  • Worsening highway traffic slows down paid express lanes

    09/21/2016 11:51:07 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Rundown (PBS Blog) ^ | September 12, 2016 | Rebecca Beitsch, Stateline
    Highway express lanes provide a faster trip for carpoolers, people who drive low-emission cars, and solo travelers who are willing to pay more.That’s the idea, anyway.But as Americans drive more miles than ever before, express lanes are facing a challenge: they are too popular. So many drivers of all kinds are using the lanes that it is increasingly difficult for transportation officials to keep them speedy.For solo drivers, the tolls in express lanes typically vary based on demand. In some places, drivers pay more during peak travel times, and in others prices go up as more cars enter the lane....
  • Now's Your Chance to Buy a Real Humvee From Uncle Sam

    09/17/2016 4:22:41 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 22 replies
    popularmechanics.com ^ | Sept 16, 2016 | Timothy Dahl
    As the military phases out the iconic Humvee, it is left with a surplus of these go-anywhere four-wheel drive vehicles that have been the backbone of the U.S. infantry for more than 30 years. Before this year they've been tough to come by for civilians. But now's your chance to own your own personal Humvee straight from Uncle Sam.
  • Tours of Normandy and The Somme

    09/14/2016 9:34:56 AM PDT · by TexasM1A · 31 replies
    9/14/16 | TexasM1A
    I am starting to plan a trip to Normandy and to the battlefields of The Somme. I was wondering if anyone on here has had any experience with any of the many tour companies that in and around Ypres/Paris etc.etc. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, Scott.
  • Fix the damn roads and ban the bad drivers

    09/08/2016 10:55:44 AM PDT · by Peter ODonnell · 39 replies
    original to FR | Sept 8, 2016 | Peter O'Donnell
    Some time back, I published an opinion piece stating that it might benefit Trump to be pro-water-resources in the western states. But I have found a much better wedge issue for him to exploit, and I know he is part way there already. Fix the damn roads and get the worst drivers off them. I just came back from a six-day driving trip that included the states of WA, OR, ID, NV, and UT in a loop starting and ending in my home in BC, Canada. Our roads are not always that great either, and all my comments about drivers...
  • Don't Count Out the Internal Combustion Engine

    09/07/2016 11:15:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Real Clear Future ^ | August 29, 2016 | Rob Tracinski
    Is the electric car the inevitable wave of the future? Is the internal combustion engine finished, through, a relic of the 20th centuryas many are now saying? I have argued before that electric cars are overhyped. I calculated that the Tesla, for example, is still a really bad deal when you compare its substantial extra costs against the cost of operating a similar gasoline-powered car over five or ten years. But what if I'm wrong? For example, how much of that calculation is due to the inflated cost of a Tesla, which uses all of the positive publicity lavished on...
  • Goshen Coach intends to close facility in Elkhart (About 160 layoffs, Indiana)

    09/06/2016 11:02:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The South Bend Tribune ^ | September 1, 2016 | Ted Booker
    ELKHART Goshen Coach, a commercial bus manufacturer, announced it will close its Elkhart facility on Oct. 31 and expects to lay off 159 employees. The company filed a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification on Wednesday with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development to announce the plan to close the facility at 25161 Leer Drive. It plans to offer "severance benefits and transition programs to affected employees," according to the notice, which does not explain why the plant will be shut down. Company officials could not be reached Wednesday for comment. Goshen Coach, which has manufactured specialty vehicles since 1985,...
  • Could Brexit affect beach water quality?

    09/06/2016 10:43:58 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 6 replies
    BBC ^ | Sept. 5, 2016 | Rachael Thorn
    Environmentalists fear Brexit could see European rules on water cleanliness being undermined. But could leaving the EU result in filthy coastlines and smelly beaches? Until recent decades, swimming in the sea off the coast of Britain could be a perilous and unhealthy activity. "We were frequently surfing in poo," says Steve Crawford, who remembers the seas off Cornwall in the 1970s and 80s and is now a member of the campaign group Surfers Against Sewage. "Back then sewage just went straight to sea. There was no treatment - it was just basically chopped and sent, not even that far out...
  • 6 countries where college tuition is completely (or essentially) free for Americans

    09/04/2016 11:44:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    AOL Finance ^ | July 20, 2016 | The Editors
    The price of attending an accredited university in the U.S., whether it be public or private, only seems to be growing. Between tuition fees, application fees, room and board and everything in between, getting a degree in America is no cheap (or easy) feat. In the 2015-2016 academic year, the average cost of attending college or university (tuition plus fees) in the U.S. was $32,405 for private colleges, $9,410 for in-state students at public colleges, and $23,893 for out-of-state students at public colleges, according to Collegeboard. But unsurprisingly, fees and tuition costs are not streamlined around the globe....
  • 11 Injured, 1 Critical After Ferry Heading To N.J. Hits Kayakers: Cops

    08/31/2016 4:37:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Patch ^ | August 31, 2016 | Tom Davis
    At least 11 people were injured one critically, nearly losing an arm when a ferry heading to New Jersey hit people kayaking, according to police. Five people were taken to hospitals near Jersey City, most with minor shoulder and back injuries after the Hudson River accident. The NYPD Harbor Unit says the instructor suffered a partially severed arm, according to WABC-TV. The incident happened just before 6 p.m. Tuesday near Pier 79 on Manhattan's west side as a group of 10 kayakers were paddling down the river, according to News12. The group was riding in eight kayaks, and...
  • Nobel prize winner tells Clinton: Tax fossil fuels

    08/31/2016 3:53:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    CNN Money ^ | August 30, 2016 | Heather Long
    Nobel prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz has some advice for Hillary Clinton: Tax fossil fuels. Stiglitz, who is an adviser to Clinton, says taxing carbon would be the best way to address climate change -- and boost the U.S. economy. The move would immediately lead to higher prices for oil, gas and coal. It would also hike the cost of anything that uses those fuels such as electricity and transportation. The goal is to force Americans to find alternatives that are cheaper and better for the planet. Taxes typically hinder the economy, but Stiglitz believes this one would help. "I...
  • State Department Warns Americans to Avoid Traveling [semi-satire]

    08/30/2016 9:21:58 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 2 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 28 Aug 2016 | John Semmens
    The State Department issued a warning to US citizens advising them to avoid foreign travel for the "foreseeable future." The warning was sparked by what the Department characterized as "an unfortunate misunderstanding of a recent multi-million dollar payment to Iran." "We thought we were paying off an amount due Iran from the cancellation of the Shah's 1979 purchase of jet fighters," explained Payton Moore, Undersecretary for Islamic Relations. "The government of Iran thought we were paying ransom for four Americans they were holding prisoner until a plane delivering the $400 million in cash arrived in their country. Now the Iranian...
  • SJW who says "You will become a meme" becomes one (Lyft)

    08/30/2016 7:01:57 AM PDT · by Dr.Deth · 46 replies
    SJW faces off with Lyft driver over a hula girl on the dashboard.
  • Couple rescued from remote tropical island after writing 'S.O.S.' in the sand

    08/28/2016 12:48:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    AOL News ^ | August 28, 2016 | Ariel Bogle
    In case you ever need to be rescued from a tropical island, just remember, a well-placed S.O.S. is not only a Hollywood cliche. A couple doing their best Blue Lagoon impression was rescued Friday from a remote island in Micronesia after writing the rescue message on the beach, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. A U.S. Navy aircraft took a look after lights were spotted on the uninhabited East Fayu Island during a search for two missing people. The pair, a boat and their S.O.S. attempt were quickly spotted, and a patrol boat send to pick them up....
  • M6.2 - 10km SE of Norcia, Italy

    08/23/2016 7:16:42 PM PDT · by amorphous · 37 replies
    USGS ^ | 23 August 2016 | NA
    Shallow - may have caused considerable damage. Map
  • Liberals deny existence of crime by immigrants and refugees

    08/23/2016 6:16:09 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 3 replies
    mainestategop ^ | Brian Ball
    So last week my youtube channel came under attack for posting "controversial" videos. Two of which were deleted and nearly netting me a two week suspension. The videos were of riots in Europe. Mainly a riot in the Netherlands against police in a ghetto with African Muslim refugees. The other one was of a riot that took place in Liverpool England. Both are now banned and wont be coming back. Google, who owns youtube decided to top things off by suspending my channel for two weeks. This usually is what happens every time you get two videos flagged. Its sort...
  • The British Are Comingto the Deep South

    08/22/2016 10:51:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Cond Nast Traveler ^ | August 22, 2016 | Danica Lo
    The Brits are coming for our po' boys, our music, and our swamp tours. A deep-seated curiosity about America's cultural and political history brings international travelers south, in droves. It will probably come as no surprise that for the more than 3.8 million Brits who travel to the United States each year, their most-visited regions stateside are California and the Northeast. But over the past 18 months, travel agents in the U.K. have noticed a surprising surge in inquiries around trips to the Deep Southmaking it the third most-requested destination at travel agencies such as Audley, who curate individual itineraries...
  • Hydrogen cost could equal 50-cent gasoline, with renewable energy: study

    08/21/2016 11:27:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    Green Car Reports ^ | August 19, 2016 | Stephen Edelstein
    Hydrogen fuel-cell cars face an uphill battle toward mass adoption. Both cars and fueling infrastructure need to be made widely available before large numbers of consumers can seriously consider switching from gasoline to hydrogen. But under certain circumstances, hydrogen could prove very attractive to consumers for one simple reason. When produced using renewable energy, hydrogen could cost nearly the equivalent of 50-cent-per-gallon gasoline, according to a study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). That will only happen if "the stars align" and several factors work in hydrogen's favor, notes industry trade journal WardsAuto noted in a June report on...
  • Dep. of State: Indonesia Attacks Gays, But Maintains 'Strong Ties' With U.S.

    08/16/2016 5:10:54 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    MRC TV ^ | August 15, 2016 | Alissa Lopez
    Liberals will always say that they truly care about the LGBT community, but do they really?  The Department of State released a statement on Monday sending its “sincerest regards” to Indonesia, a predominantly Mulsim country, on its 71st Independence Day. The press release stated: On behalf of President Obama and the American people, it is with great pleasure that I send my sincerest regards to the people of Indonesia on the 71st anniversary of your independence this August 17. Deeply rooted in the democratic values and respect for civil society that our peoples share, the ties between our nations have never...
  • Humanity may not need a warp drive to go interstellar

    08/14/2016 4:49:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Astronomy Magazine ^ | August 10, 2016 | David Warmflash
    Here are a few ways that humanity may be able to leave the cradle of Earth. The field equations of Einsteins General Relativity theory say that faster-than-light (FTL) travel is possible, so a handful of researchers are working to see whether a Star Trek-style warp drive, or perhaps a kind of artificial wormhole, could be created through our technology. But even if shown feasible tomorrow, its possible that designs for an FTL system could be as far ahead of a functional starship as Leonardo da Vincis 16th century drawings of flying machines were ahead of the Wright Flyer of 1903....
  • PyeongChang 2018 issues a global invitation for Olympic volunteers (South Korea)

    08/13/2016 10:42:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    PyeongChang Olympics ^ | July 1, 2016
    PyeongChang 2018 offered people around the world a chance to participate in the next Olympic Winter Games today with the launch of an online volunteer recruitment campaign. Using a new website for applications, the initiative seeks to recruit 22,400 volunteers to assist with a range of tasks in areas that include sport, medical services, media operations, technology and language services. Volunteers will undergo free training and will be offered uniforms, accommodation, meals, insurance and other benefits. Several Korean universities, volunteer organisations and other groups expressed their willingness to support the Games at a news conference a day before the website...
  • Surfers want to kill a three-metre bronze whaler shark which has been menacing

    08/01/2016 3:47:24 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 22 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 1 August 2016 | Steven Trask
    A three-metre shark that has been menacing a popular stretch of surf in Western Australia should be culled before someone is killed, local surfers say. The bronze whaler shark has lingered at Perth's Trigg Point beach for six weeks and had chased beachgoers into shore at least three times, surfers said. 'I don't particularly condone killing anything but this shark has been freaking people out in our neighbourhood for the better part of two months', surfer Glen Buckey told the West Australian.
  • Dont Ground Uber in the Sky

    07/28/2016 7:24:02 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    Cato At Liberty (Cato Institute Blog) ^ | July 25, 2016 | Ilya Shapiro and Randal John Meyer
    Last year, a company called Flytenow was poised to revolutionize air travel by allowing private pilots already going to a destination to share their costs with would-be travelerskind of like a college rideshare bulletin board, but on the Internet. The service would pair pilots with potential passengers, for a small fee no greater than the cost of fuel. Its been called Uber in the sky. But in December, Flytenow shut down after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld the Federal Aviation Administrations determination that the service must obtain the highest levels of licensing, akin to what...
  • Nearly Half of TSA Employees Cited for Misconduct [semi-satire]

    07/24/2016 8:07:29 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 24 July 2016 | John Semmens
    According to a report from the House Homeland Security Commission, nearly half of the TSAs 60,000 employees have been cited for misconduct in recent years. The trend is not encouraging either. Citations have increased by 28% over the last two years. The top five offenses include unaccounted for absences, failure to follow instructions, improper screening & security, neglect of duty, and disruptive behavior. TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger sought to downplay the issue by pointing out that despite unmanned posts, inappropriate groping petty theft, and abusive behavior by our employees no flights have been hijacked on my watch.. To me, these...
  • Almost Half of All TSA Employees Have Been Cited for Misconduct

    07/20/2016 3:07:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Cond Nast Traveler ^ | July 14, 2016 | Katherine LaGrave
    The Transportation Security Administration's woes continue. Despite the Transportation Security Administration's ten-point action plan to reduce long lines at airports across the country, lengthy queues remain. Now, the TSA's summer may be getting even worse: According to a recent report from the House Homeland Security Commission entitled "Misconduct at TSA Threatens the Security of the Flying Public", nearly half of the TSAs 60,000 employees have been cited for misconduct in recent years. The bad news doesn't stop there. Citations have increased 28.5 percent from 2013 to 2015, and in 2015, the average U.S. airport received 58 complaints each yearmore than...
  • Philippines' Palawan named Worlds Best Island for the second time

    07/18/2016 6:20:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Gulf News Destinations ^ | July 18, 2016
    An island province in the Philippines likened by Hollywood A-listers as "Emerald City" and "the most beautiful place" on the planet has been named the world's best island yet again. Palawan first received the distinction in 2013 after being voted the "Best Island in the World" on international magazine Travel & Leisure. This year, Palawan topped the list with a score of 93.71. Voters described Palawan as every beach lovers dream destination. Palawan is known for its crystal blue waters, amazing dive spots, and a plethora of picturesque views. No wonder the island paradise has drawn a string of Hollywood...
  • Fun-Hating Socialist Magazine Jacobin Says PokemonGo Must Be Destroyed

    07/16/2016 9:55:40 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    Reason ^ | July 14, 2016 | Robby Soave
    Marxists of the 21st century (not an oxymoron; they exist) have identified a new threat to the glorious proletariat revolution: PokemonGo. Of course, this is par for the course. The Soviet Union banned The Lord of the Rings. Leftist hero (and murderous thug) Che Guevara worked to suppress Jazz music in communist Cuba. The People's Republic of China censored Back to the Future because the regime thought that time travel undermined law and order. And on and on. Now Marxist sympathizers at the socialist magazine Jacobin think the new Pokemon-themed iPhone appwhich is currently being enjoyed by millions of people...
  • Whats Lurking in Your Beach's Water?

    07/15/2016 2:08:43 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 19 replies
    WebMD Health News ^ | July 14, 2016 | Brenda Goodman
    Brian Parrott cant watch news reports about what happened to him. He can still barely believe it. Parrott, a 50-year-old security guard, went to a Galveston, TX, beach with his son and grandchildren on a recent Sunday afternoon. He went to work as usual on Monday, but by Tuesday, he was running a fever and his right leg had turned red. On Wednesday, his leg was covered in oozing blisters. On Thursday, when he finally went to the emergency room, doctors told him he could lose his leg or his life.
  • Bahamas Issues Travel Advisory to the US Following Shootings

    07/09/2016 1:43:53 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 11 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | July 8, 2016 | The Associated Press
    The Bahamas on Friday issued a rare travel advisory for any of its citizens visiting the United States, recommending that young men in particular take care in cities affected by recent tensions over police shootings. A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs warns visitors to "exercise appropriate caution" in light of recent episodes involving police officers and black men. It also advises people not to get involved in demonstrations and to avoid crowds.
  • Cheap Gas Latest Victim is Fuel Economy

    07/08/2016 9:42:09 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 9 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 08-07-2016 | Irina
    Falling prices at the pump have given motorists reason to rejoice continuously over the last year and a half, but theyre not good news for everyone. At least, not for the people who are about fuel economy. The latest sales-weighted fuel economy ratings report by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute revealed that in June, the value of the indicator was 25.3 miles per gallon, down from 25.4 mpg in May. Now, thats not a huge dip, as Road Show author Andrew Krok notes, but it follows a pattern of declining fuel economy that parallels the decline in gas...
  • 5 people most likely to ruin your beach vacation

    07/08/2016 12:52:31 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 19 replies
    marketwatch.com ^ | July 7, 2016 | Catey Hill
    The only thing wrong with your beach vacation may be the people you have to share it with. The majority of people take an annual beach trip 56% took one in the past year and 58% say they plan to do it in the coming year, according to a recent survey of more than 11,100 people released by travel site Expedia and they shell out a lot of cash when they take them. Fully 40% of people say they will spend between $1,001 and $3,000 dollars on their next beach trip and another 21% will spend upwards of...
  • Vacation Glutton Michelles June Jaunt

    07/01/2016 1:42:18 PM PDT · by PROCON · 33 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | July 1, 2016 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    Over the last 8 years, Michelle Obama has evolved into an exemplary world traveler. Compliments of the struggling U.S. taxpayer, the FLOTUS consistently indulges in at least five or six multi-million dollar vacations per year.In March, if things get boring, Michelle, mother Marian, and daughters Sasha and Malia, either fly solo or use Dad (if hes not golfing) as an excuse to pamper their weary bones with an all expense paid working vacation. Like clockwork, the girl gang jets off to destinations such as Cuba, China, Japan, Qatar, Argentina or Cambodia. Predictably, theres always a June pre-Marthas Vineyard vacation where...